The increasing criminality in Nigeria’s territorial waters such as illegal bunkering, crude oil theft, smuggling, and piracy would be effectively curbed in the next one year.
Lt-Col. Abu Kefas (rtd), Chairman of Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, board, made the pledge while speaking with newsmen, on Tuesday in Jalingo, Taraba State.
He said the agency was collaborating with the Airforce and Navy for air surveillance of the country’s maritime domain and patrol of the territorial waters to curb the illegal activities.
“Already, this collaboration is yielding positive results. NIMASA’s performance in 2013 had made the country’s water ways safe for investors. We hope to do more in 2014 bearing in mind that our activities with other agencies will put an end to the menace of crude oil theft in the country,” he said.